Published on September 25, 2012 at 1:13 AM
Regions Hospital reported $49 million in community
benefit in 2011. Regions calculates community benefit by using
standards set by the Catholic Health Association and used by the
Internal Revenue Service for nonprofit hospitals filing Form 990. In
order to qualify as a community benefit, investments must achieve goals
including expanding access to care, protecting public health and safety,
building healthy communities or advancing medical knowledge.
Charity care for 43,000 patients
Regions' largest community
benefit contribution in 2011 was providing medical care for patients who
did not have insurance or who could not afford to pay for their care.
Regions is the second largest provider of charity care in the state,
contributing $13 million to provide medical services to more than 43,000
patients. In addition, Regions wrote-off another $3 million to provide
medical services for patients who could not afford to pay for their care.
"We're proud that the care we offer ranks among the best in the world.
We are equally proud of our roots as a place where we serve everyone in
our community and we are privileged to build on that commitment," said
Brock Nelson, Regions Hospital president and CEO.
The Regions Hospital Community Benefit Report can be read online at regionshospital.com.
Identifying future community needs
completed a community health needs assessment. As a result, Regions top
priorities to address future community needs in the East Metro include:
Increase access to mental health
Promote positive behaviors to reduce obesity by improving nutrition
Increase access to primary and preventive care
Source: Regions Hospital